ACTIVE CITIZENS

The right to a safe and protected environment and the commitment to a sustainable future is enshrined in the South African Constitution. While many communities in South Africa are increasingly feeling the effects of climate change, civil society engagement in environmental governance remains limited.
Many South Africans believe that Parliament is the institution where important social and environmental justice issues should be heard, and yet how many of us know who our parliamentary representatives are and how to engage with them?

This led Food and Trees for Africa (FTFA), the African Climate Reality Project (ACRP), the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), and the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) to launch Action 24 – Active citizens for responsive legislatures.

The project was a 30-month action, co-funded by the European Union, aimed at strengthening environmental governance and civic participation, in order to advance decarbonised sustainable and inclusive development in South Africa.

The Active Citzens programme was born out of this and it aims to strengthen environmental governance and civic participation, in order to advance decarbonised sustainable and inclusive development in South Africa. This is done by building the capacity of civil society, media, youth and women to more effectively participate in public consultation and legislative oversight, with the anticipated outcome of the realisation of civic rights in respect of a healthy and safe environment and resilience against negative climate change effects.

Active Citizens aims to foster more bottom-up, participatory decision-making processes on environmental issues. Sustainability, climate change, gender equality, women’s empowerment, and youth engagement are crosscutting principles underpinning the programmes strategy.

Docuseries

Everyone has the right to a safe and healthy environment, yet South Africans are experiencing extreme climate and environmental injustices all around the country.
But, with the knowledge and understanding of our democracy, our rights, and how we can take part in the decisions that affect our future, comes the responsibility and empowerment to actively engage elected representatives and advocate for a just, equitable, and sustainable transition to a low-carbon and inclusive society.
In this new series, we meet and explore the stories of the active citizens who are advocating for the #AfricaWeWant.

A GENDER LENS
Not On Our Soil – A Climate Justice Reality

Introducing Sibongile Mtungwa, from the Women’s Leadership and Training Programme in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

This episode of Not On Our Soil dives into her story, the connections between the climate crisis, gender justice and nature based solutions, and how women should be empowered to take part in the decisions that affect their future.

CIVIL SOCIETY LENS
Not On Our Soil – A Climate Justice Reality

Introducing Shanice Firmin and Desmond D’Sa from the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) – an organisation that has been fighting for environmental justice and clean air for 25 years.

This episode of Not On Our Soil dives into their stories, the community’s fight against industry and the notoriously polluted air of the South Durban basin, and how together, we can take action for a democracy that is by the people – and for the people.

A COMMUNITY LENS
Not On Our Soil – A Climate Justice Reality

Introducing Siya Myeza from the Environmental Monitoring Group (EMG), an organisation that works with community partners in Cape Town for empowerment by facilitating spaces to question water governance, and introducing tools to challenge the politics of water.

This episode of Not On Our Soil dives into Siya’s story, the injustices in water governance in Cape Town communities, and the power of community-led alternatives building independence and sustainability based on self-knowledge and resilience, and activating continuous change that fosters dignified livelihoods.

A COMMUNITY LENS
Not On Our Soil – A Climate Justice Reality

Introducing Ratlou Mabula and Kevin Bloom, two journalists dedicated to upholding the truth and reality of the climate crisis in South Africa.

This episode of Not On Our Soil dives into their stories, the consequences of media platforms being bought and paid for by climate criminals, and how in the face of ecological breakdown – the ultimate lens – all journalism is climate journalism.

A YOUTH LENS
Not On Our Soil – A Climate Justice Reality

Introducing Caleb Kay, Youth@SAIIA Youth Activist, and Lisakhanya Mathiso, Project 90 by 2030 YouLead Warrior – two youth climate justice activists from the Western Cape, South Africa.

This episode of Not On Our Soil dives into their stories, what it feels like to be a youth facing the climate emergency and environmental injustices, and how they have found their voices to have their say and bring about tangible change for the future they want.

FEATURE FILM
Not On Our Soil – A Climate Justice Reality

Everyone has the right to a safe and healthy environment, yet South Africans are experiencing extreme climate and environmental injustices all around the country.
But, with the knowledge and understanding of our democracy, our rights, and how we can take part in the decisions that affect our future, comes the responsibility and empowerment to actively engage elected representatives and advocate for a just, equitable, and sustainable transition to a low-carbon and inclusive society.
In this new series, we meet and explore the stories of the active citizens who are advocating for the #WorldWeWant.

This docuseries is co-funded by the European Union and The Climate Reality Project, and filmed and directed by ReWild Africa.

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Curriculum

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